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    #1

    "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    About 6 million packages of the product were distributed

    1. by May 31, 2013 after its launch of October 1, 2011.
    2. between its launch of October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3. from its launch of October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.

    Which of the above correct?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    About 6 million packages of the product were distributed ...

    1. by May 31, 2013 after its launch of October 1, 2011.
    2. between its launch of October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3. from its launch of October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.

    Which of the above is/are correct?
    Thank you.
    1 ... by May 31, since its launch on October 1, 2011.
    2 ... between its launch on October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3 ... from its launch on October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.

    As you can see from my changes, none of them is correct with the word "of" before the launch date. Something is launched "on" a date, not "of" a date. You can say "Its launch date of May 31 was a great day" but in your context it doesn't work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1 ... by May 31, since its launch on October 1, 2011.
    2 ... between its launch on October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3 ... from its launch on October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.

    As you can see from my changes, none of them is correct with the word "of" before the launch date. Something is launched "on" a date, not "of" a date. You can say "Its launch date of May 31 was a great day" but in your context it doesn't work.
    OK, I'll use "on", not "of".

    Do all the three expressions you corrected mean the same thing in this case?
    I'd like to confirm this because I think "between A and B" and "from A and B" have different meanings, at least in the following examples.
    A. He was hospitalized between March 1 and June 5. (sometime between March 1 and June 5.)
    B. He was hospitalized from March 1 and March 5. (the whole time)

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    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

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    B. He was hospitalized from March 1 and March 5. (the whole time)
    That doesn't work. It needs to be 'from March 1 to March 5'.

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    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    That's a careless mistake. I meant to write "to". Thank you for pointing that out.

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    #6

    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    So...
    do all of the three have the same meaning?

    About 6 million packages of the product were distributed ...

    1 ... by May 31, 2013, since its launch on October 1, 2011.
    2 ... between its launch on October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3 ... from its launch on October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.

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    #7

    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    So...
    do all of the three have the same meaning?

    About 6 million packages of the product were distributed ...

    1 ... by May 31, 2013, since its launch on October 1, 2011.
    2 ... between its launch on October 1, 2011 and May 31, 2013.
    3 ... from its launch on October 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.
    Yes, they always did have the same meaning. They just weren't written properly. These are correct.

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    #8

    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    I see. Thank you.

    How about these examples? They have different meanings, don't they?
    A. He was hospitalized between March 1 and June 5. (sometime between March 1 and June 5.)
    B. He was hospitalized from March 1 to March 5. (the whole time)

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    Re: "between A and B" or "from A and B"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    I see. Thank you.

    How about these examples? They have different meanings, don't they?
    A. He was hospitalized between March 1 and June 5. (sometime between March 1 and June 5.)
    B. He was hospitalized from March 1 to March 5. (the whole time)
    Yes, A is ambiguous. B is not.

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